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    • Object type: cloth seal
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy

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Record ID: IOW-E8100A
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
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An incomplete post-Medieval lead alloy two-disc cloth seal issued at Haarlem in the Netherlands (c. 1600-c. 1700). The edges are worn and abraded but the connecting strip is intact. The outer face of disc 1 has the arms of Haarlam: an elaborate shield, a vertical sword and four stars arranged two each side of the sword. The legend is illegible. The rivet has raised capital letters within a beaded circle: [ ]A/[ ]O·/REN The complete legend could be: A/·30·/REN Disc 2 is illegible. This cloth seal is buff overall. Length: 18.8mm; width: 15.8mm; thickness: 3.0mm. Weight: 4.15g.
Created on: Wednesday 11th April 2018
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-9707AD
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
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An incomplete post-medieval lead alloy two-disc cloth seal issued at Haarlem in the Netherlands (c. 1600-c. 1700). An incomplete disc and the central rivet integral to that disc survive. The edges of the disc are worn and the connecting strip is missing. The outer face of the disc is stamped with the arms of Haarlam: an elaborate shield, a vertical sword and four stars arranged two each side of the sword. The legend is illegible. On the rivet is stamped G / 20 in a pellet border. A similar seal is illustrated by Egan (1994: 110, fig. 43, ref: 321) who suggests the arms would have been…
Created on: Tuesday 27th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 28th March 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-935519
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
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A Post Medieval lead alloy Norwich Weavers' Company Seal dating from AD 1654. The seal is formed of two discs with a connecting strip and integral rivet on one of the discs connecting the two. The rivet is visible on the reverse of the disc in the form of a raised oval. The cloth seal is a Norwich Weavers' Company seal. The obverse has NORW / ICH / 1654 in three lines and the reverse has NSBH / CNPP / WBB[] in three lines. The letters on the reverse side shows the surname initial of the 12 wardens of Norwich for that particular year. Unfortunately 1654 is three years before records in …
Created on: Wednesday 14th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st March 2018
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Record ID: LON-9078EC
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post Medieval four-part lead alloy Essex cloth seal dated AD 1614. The seal is a four part seal with the two outer parts being round and the two inner two parts being lozenge-shaped: The first outer part has the initials 'I D' with a flower below; the second lozenge-shaped inner part has three lions passant; the third lozenge-shaped inner part has three lidded cups (Similar to those appearing in the Goldsmiths' Company Arms) with ESS EX 1614 around; and the fourth part which is circular has the number 63. Egan (1987:92) writes "The number on the first parts of the above seals, presum…
Created on: Wednesday 14th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 19th April 2018
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Record ID: KENT-E7D070
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead-alloy 18th or 19th century bag seal issued by Rigden Brewery in Faversham, Kent. Obverse: legend in two line, with lower legend curving upwards. Legend: RIGDEN - F[AVERS]HAM'.Reverse: Horse rearing (forcene) left Measurements: 20.48mm in diameter, 4.97mm thick and 7.1g in weight. Discussion: Although not possible to date exactly this bag seal clearly relates to Rigden's Brewery, based at Faversham until the 1900s and the brewery remained in operation in the town until the 1990s. Although the use of the horse here has no direct association with the brewery or Faversham, a rear…
Created on: Tuesday 6th March 2018
Last updated: Friday 16th March 2018
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Record ID: IOW-46CE52
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete post-Medieval Augsburg lead alloy two-disc cloth seal (1500-1650). The cloth seal has been pierced with a circular hole, c. 1.7mm in diameter, at about 10 o' clock on the obverse. One disc and the joining strip are missing. Disc 1. Raised ornate capital 'A' with a chevron bar, crescent above. Disc 2. Missing, but partial raised pinecone design on rivet end. The seal is buff overall. Diameter: 19.6mm; thickness: 3.6mm. Weight: 5.95g. A very similar seal recorded in 'Lead Cloth Seals and Related Items at the British Museum' by Geoff Egan, (Egan 1994: 1…
Created on: Monday 26th February 2018
Last updated: Sunday 4th March 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-AC9530
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
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A post medieval two-disc German lead cloth seal c.1500-1700. Obverse : the letter A in a border of short rays. Reverse : has the central portion of a stylised pine cone. Diameter 20mm and weight 5g. The pine cone is on the heraldic badge of Augsburg and the letter A its initial.
Created on: Monday 19th February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sandwich', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-D857A9
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead or lead alloy cloth seal of the Post Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1540 - c. AD 1700. The seal is broadly circular in plan and rectangular in section. The seal is made of two discs connected with a strip. One disc has a rivet which protrudes through the hole in the other rivet. The connecting strip is present as a flat rectangular strip protruding from the base. It has been broken, presumed in antiquity. The strip is twisted. The rivets have been flattened and has a stamped design on the surface. The design on the front face consists of a crowned flat toppe…
Created on: Friday 9th February 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th February 2018
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Record ID: SOM-C564B7
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Post Medieval lead-alloy cloth seal for cloth, probably a type of serge, probably made in Wellington, Somerset. The seal appears to be of the two-disc type and both discs and the connecting rivet survive, although the tab that previously linked the discs is missing. The seal is 26.1mm in diameter, 2.8mm thick and weighs 9.76 grams. The ring disc and rivet are stamped with a central design of a merchants mark in the form of a human foot over a elongated 4 with an S under the heel and an F under the toes. The vertical elongation of the 4 that extends beyond the foot, between the S and …
Created on: Thursday 8th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wellington Tone Dale', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-30A6FB
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete but damaged post-Medieval lead alloy two-disc cloth seal (c. 1600.c. 1800). Probably a cloth workers personal seal. Disc 1: Raised design depicting a standing bird (probably a cockerel) with wings closed facing left and initials: 'F L' at sides. All within a beaded circle. Disc 2: Plain. The joining strip is complete but bent. The seal is buff and very fragile. Length: 25.0mm; width: 19.0mm; thickness: 4.3mm. Weight: 9.24g. No parallel found but compare with other cloth seals which depict a cockerel: BH-E9CBD5; CAM-2A7245; ESS-5C1112; NARC-B31093; SF-F6…
Created on: Thursday 1st February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 1st February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-1DD2EE
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy cloth seal of post-medieval to early modern date. The cloth seal is a three-part seal wich has been folded closed when it was secured to the bale of cloth (for example). The front of the seal has the words W[...]ANDLEY LONDON around the central seal tab, which has the co-joined letters WH upon it. The loop of the seal partly obscures the word 'London'. The reverse of the seal has a plain outer edge but centrally there are the stamped, not cast, letters H [..] - the second (or potentially the first) letter is not clear. This is a clothier's seal from London and…
Created on: Wednesday 31st January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 1st March 2018
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Record ID: NARC-874D4C
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead Cloth Seal of Post-Medieval date (AD 1380-1700). The object is a two part seal and is composed of two circular discs joined by a connecting strip which is folded to press the two discs together. One disc has a rivet which has been pushed through the hole of the second disc. And designs on the seal are not visible The earliest seals for marking the quality of cloth date from the late 14th century and continued in various forms up to the 19th century (Egan 1994 p2-4) Diameter: 23.40mm, Thickness: 3.45mm, Weight: 4.7g.
Created on: Wednesday 24th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Record ID: IOW-78E61C
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete post-Medieval Augsburg lead alloy two-disc cloth seal (1500-1650). One disc and part of the joining strip are missing. Disc 1. Raised ornate capital 'A' with a chevron bar. Disc 2. Missing, but partial raised pinecone design on rivet end. The seal is greyish buff overall. Length: 23.6mm; width: 18.6mm; thickness: 3.5mm. Weight: 5.37g. A very similar seal recorded in 'Lead Cloth Seals and Related Items at the British Museum' by Geoff Egan, (Egan 1994: 106, fig. 41, refs: 308-310) has been attributed to Augsburg in Germany. The 'A' and pinecone design ind…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 25th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-DDAAD2
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post Medieval lead alloy cloth seal, c.1600-1700AD. Thickness: 3 mm, diameter: 16 mm, weight: 1.87 grams. The seal is sub-circular and incomplete and was probably a two part seal. It is decorated on one surface with a three part castle with central tower and gate with large door in front. This is flanked by turrets, each one has an enlarged arrow slit - a vertical slit with rounded terminals. Each turret has a domed roof with spherical finial and a lipped edge below. The other surface is incomplete but what is present appears to be stamped with large letters, possibly an I showing …
Created on: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 19th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thurleigh', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DENO-CCB98A
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete, post medieval, lead alloy, cloth seal dating to 1672. One part of a four part seal: one disc and part of connecting strip extant. The outer surface of the whole disc has a series of letters impressed into its surface in four rows. The inscription reads [N]EW / DRAPE/RIE / 72. The cloth seal is similar in design to one illustrated in Elton (2017, p. 180). New draperies refers to a cheap, mixed fibre, lightweight textile that was first introduced in the late 16th century. It is unknown why they were still being called new a century later. All surfaces covered in a light p…
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd February 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-89D729
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A group of eight Russian Inland Village trade seals found close together, of 16th - early 18th century date. Each bale seal (except one, noted below) has a central circular depression on one face with a corresponding projection to the other face. The inland villages traded in flax products, furs and pelts. N / [...] // IOHOB; 19.7mm, 10.54g. MC / 10 A NHA // OPNNPI; 19.2mm, 11.80g. [No central depression/ projection]. *** / cross fleuretty with central pellet / .A. // *** / cross fleuretty with central pellet / UDIN; 19.5mm, 11.95g. ** / BA / [...] // ** / large star / CHVHNAC; …
Created on: Sunday 31st December 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 9th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crondall', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-7C80BB
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
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A worn lead-alloy two disc cloth seal of probable Post Medieval date (c. AD 1600-1700). The seal is complete, though worn and is formed from two circular discs joined by a rectangular rivet or tag of lead, which was then folded over the edge of cloth, so that the discs and decoration aligns. One surfaces are very worn. One with possibly a basket decoration. The other has a possible port-cullis. The seal has a light grey-white colour overall. It measures 15.6mm in diameter and 2.9mm thick, with a weight of 4.4 grams.
Created on: Monday 18th December 2017
Last updated: Thursday 4th January 2018
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Record ID: NARC-55281C
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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A complete lead alloy Cloth Seal of Early Post-Medieval date (AD 1550-1700). The object is a three disc, lead alloy cloth seal and consists of three thin discs connected in sequence by narrow, thin strips. The disc at one end of the row has a circular perforation and that at the opposite end an integral knop. The strip of metal between the two central discs would have been folded over so that the spike on one end passes through the perforation at the other. The central disc is then impressed with a design. On this seal the design on one side is of an outer chain boarder within whic…
Created on: Monday 4th December 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
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Record ID: DENO-FFD81E
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy cloth seal of post medieval (16th / 17th Century) date. Seal shows a capital A with chevron bar, within a pelleted circle. This is the initial of the German city of Augsberg, adopted in the middle of the 16th Century. The reverse shows a stylised pine cone, the heraldic badge of the city. This seal type was used on the fustian (mixed linen-warp and cotton-weft fabrics) of Augsburg, known as Ousbrow or Augusta fustians. (Egan G 'Lead Cloth Seals and related items in the BM') Diameter 18 mm, thickness 3.5 mm, weight 7.4
Created on: Thursday 30th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 11th December 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-EE177E
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a post-medieval lead-alloy cloth seal probably dating 1600-1700. Only a portion of one disc remains, with half of it broken off so it is now more semi-circular in shape. It still has a slight protrusion opposite the broken edge where the integral connecting stud would have originally been sited. Perpendicular to this protrusion is a letter 'V' stamped into the metal. There is no other design and the surface is smooth. The back is rough so may have had a design which has now been worn away. It seems to have been manufactured somewhat irregularly, being much thicker at the…
Created on: Wednesday 29th November 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 27th February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Framlingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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